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Recap: Worldwide Field Development News Jul 13 – Jul 19, 2012

This week the SubseaIQ team added 1 new projects and updated 31 projects. You can see all the updates made over any time period via the Project Update History search. The latest offshore field develoment news and activities are listed below for your convenience.

N. America – US GOM

Deep Gulf Strikes Oil at Bushwood Field in GOM

Jul 17, 2012 – Helix Energy has made an oil discovery at the Danny II exploration well at the Bushwood field, located in Garden Banks Block 506. The well encountered more than 70 feet (21 meters) of high-quality net pay, which reached a total depth of about 14,750 feet (4,496 meters) in a water depth of 2,800 feet (853 meters). The well is currently being completed and will most likely be developed via a subsea tie-back system to the company’s 70 percent owned and operated East Cameron Block 381 platform located approximately 31 miles (50 kilometers) to the north in 370 feet (113 meters) of water. First production from Danny II is expected in the fourth quarter of 2012. Helix holds a 50 percent working interest in the exploration well jointly with Deep Gulf Energy LP (Operator) and Deep Gulf Energy II, LLC, who own the other 50 percent working interest.

Anadarko to Appraise Shenandoah Discovery

Jul 16, 2012 – Anadarko is currently drilling the Shenandoah appraisal well in Walker Ridge 51 in approximately 5,800 feet (1,768 meters) of water. The operator is using the ENSCO 8505 (UDW semisub) to drill the well to a proposed depth of 32,000 feet (9,754 meters).

Project Details: Shenandoah

Australia

Santos to Spud Crown-1 in 3Q12

Jul 19, 2012 – Santos Energy reported that it plans to explore the Crown-1 well in the Browse Basin in 3Q 2012. The well is targeting gas in the WA-274-P permit in Australia’s Browse Basin.

Project Details: Crown

Santos Defers Kipper Production until 2016

Jul 19, 2012 – Santos Energy reported that drilling, completion and subsea tie-work at the Kipper development is complete, and the Kipper facility is expected to be completed in 2012. However, due to unforeseen circumstances arising from the existence of trace amounts of mercury, Kipper gas will not come online until dedicated mercury handling facilities are installed. The operator has outlined to the Kipper Unit Joint Venture (KUJV) parties a preliminary scope of work for mercury removal facilities to be built by the Gippsland Basin Joint Venture (GBJV) parties. KUJV has agreed to GBJV proceeding with detailed engineering studies to confirm the scope and cost of works. These studies are expected to be completed mid-2013 to allow a final investment decision to be made in respect of these facilities. Subject to a final investment decision, the operator has advised that first gas from Kipper is most likely to be in the first half of 2016.

Project Details: Kipper

MEO Acquires Seismic Data over WA-360-P Permit

Jul 18, 2012 – MEO Australia has acquired 3D data over its WA-360-P permit and an initial evaluation has supported the postulated connection of the Jurassic reservoirs forecast at the Maxwell prospect to the Triassic reservoirs of the Wheatstone gas field. MEO reported that the postulated connection extends north from Wheatstone through the adjacent permit and continues to Maxwell. Full depth correction of the seismic over Maxwell combined with the results of the Ananke-1 well, to be drilled shortly by the WA-269-P JV in the adjacent permit, will be critical in advancing Maxwell to drillable status.

Environmental Regulators Give Nod for Browse LNG Development

Jul 16, 2012 – Western Australia‘s Environment Protection Authority chairman Paul Vogel has recommended the $35 billion Woodside Petroleum-led Browse liquefied natural gas project can precede, describing the assessment as the most complex in the agency’s history. The recommendation is subject to a two-week public appeal process before the EPA’s assessment will go to state and federal environmental ministers. The EPA’s 29 conditions embrace underwater noise monitoring and fossil heritage management plans to sediment disturbance testing. Final bids from contractors for the onshore work at James Price Point are to be finalized later this month, which will give the partners a clearer view of the economics of the 12 million ton a year LNG plant.

Project Details: Browse LNG

Aker Solutions Signs Ichthys SURF Contract

Jul 16, 2012 – Aker Solutions has signed a contract with McDermott for the Ichthys gas-condensate field development. The scope of work includes the engineering, procurement, fabrication and supply of static and dynamic umbilicals, totaling 39 miles (63 kilometers) for the Ichthys LNG project. Key equipment within this contract comprise five dynamic umbilicals, seven static umbilicals, 36 steel tube flying leads, and associated equipment and hardware. The umbilicals and flying leads will be manufactured and delivered by Aker Solutions’ facility in Moss, Norway, and supported by the project management, design and engineering teams in Fornebu, Norway. The expected delivery date is 4Q 2014.

Project Details: Ichthys

Planned Upgrade of the Offshore Yolla Platform Sees Delays

Jul 13, 2012 – AWE and Origin reported that upgrades of the Yolla platform sited offshore in the Bass Strait, Victoria, will be delayed until the summer of 2012/2013. The first phase of the project, to convert the previously unmanned platform to one with accommodation installing export compression and condensate pumping modules, was originally scheduled to be completed by April 2012. Origin, the operator of the project, was however forced to push back the project scheduled due to challenging weather conditions in the Bass Strait. AWE owns a 46.25 percent stake in the project, while Origin and Toyota Tsusho Gas E&P Trefoil own a 42.5 percent and 11.25 percent stake respectively.

Project Details: BassGas Project

S. America – Other & Carib.

Borders Abandons Stebbing Well

Jul 17, 2012 – Borders & Southern Petroleum has abandoned its Stebbing well in the South Falkland Basin because anomalous pressure conditions meant it was unable to reach the deeper zones it was targeting. The Stebbing well (61/25-1) was drilled to a total measured depth of 10,040 feet (3,060 meters) and encountered “very strong gas shows” in the Tertiary section of the drill. Petrophysical analyses of the logs suggest an interval of thin-bedded siltstones and claystones with a net-to-gross of 36-percent and an average porosity of 19 percent. However, Borders said that due to the thin-bedded character of this sequence it was not possible to obtain a clear indication of the fluid type or saturation. Although the geophysical anomalies identified on seismic are coincident with this zone containing hydrocarbons, Borders??? initial assessment is that this upper target is unlikely to be commercial. Consequently, Borders took the decision to cease drilling and now intends to plug and abandon the well. The Leiv Eiriksson rig (DW semisub) will be released.

Project Details: Stebbing

Tullow to Abandon Jaguar-1 Well on Safety Concerns

Jul 16, 2012 – Drilling operations at the Jaguar-1 well in the Georgetown Block, Guyana, have ended and the well will be plugged and abandoned at a depth of 15,997 feet (4,876 meters), without reaching the primary objective. The partners unanimously agreed to stop drilling due to safety criteria. Jaguar-1 is a high-pressure, high-temperature well which was spud in February 2012 using the Atwood Beacon (400′ ILC) jackup. While the primary Late Cretaceous objective was not reached, samples of light oil were successfully recovered from two Late Cretaceous turbidite sands above the primary objective.

Project Details: Jaguar

Shell Begins Drilling Activities in Guyane Maritime Permit

Jul 16, 2012 – Shell has spud the GM-ES-2 well at its Guyane Maritime permit using the Stena DrillMax ICE (UDW drillship). The well, which is located in 6,200 feet (1,890 meters) of water, is being drilled to delineate the Zaedyus discovery.

Project Details: Zaedyus

Mediterranean

Cooper Secures Rig for Hammamet West-3 Well

Jul 17, 2012 – Cooper Energy has secured a drilling rig from Romanian Grup Servicii Petroliere (GSP) for its Hammamet West-3 well on the Bargou exploration permit, offshore Tunisia. The Bargou joint venture, with Cooper as operator, had signed a letter of intent with GSP for the use of the jackup rig GSP Jupiter (300′ILC) to drill the well which is scheduled to spud in December 2012. However, the spud date is dependent on when the rig is released from its prior commitments, so drilling might not occur until March 2013. Hammamet West-3 is being drilled to further assess the oil resource within the Abiod formation. Cooper intends to drill the well to penetrate the reservoir with a slightly deviated pilot hole. A highly deviated wellbore will then be drilled and tested, to confirm the oil productivity of the formation.

Project Details: Hammamet West

Africa – West

Rialto Completes Drill Stem Test at First Well in Block CI-202

Jul 18, 2012 – Rialto Energy has completed a drill stem test at the Gazelle-P3 ST2 well, achieving maximum flow rates of 19.5 MMcf/d of gas and an unstablized rate of 760 bopd from separate sands within the Upper Cenomanian reservoir. The operator stated that the maximum gas flow rate was constrained due to downhole equipment limitations. The estimated deliverability of the reservoir with standard 4.5-inch production tubing rather than the 3.5-inch test string is 33 MMcf/d.

Project Details: Gazelle

Wawa Confirms Additional Hydrocarbons in Deepwater Tano Block

Jul 18, 2012 – Tullow Oil has confirmed the presence of additional hydrocarbon-bearing formations in the Deepwater Tano Block offshore Ghana with the Wawa-1 exploration well. The well, which was drilled by the Atwood Hunter (DW semisub), encountered about 43 feet (13 meters) of oil pay and 65 feet (20 meters) of gas condensate pay. Wawa-1 was drilled in nearly 1,926 feet (587 meters) of water to a total depth of 10,899 feet (3,299 meters). The discovery reaches hydrocarbon-bearing formations over 6 miles (10 kilometers) north of the Enyenra-3A well, said Anadarko Senior Vice President of International and Deepwater Exploration Bob Daniels in a statement on Wednesday.

Project Details: Wawa

S. America – Brazil

Peregrino Field to Hit Plateau in Coming Weeks

Jul 17, 2012 – Statoil expects for its Peregrino oil field to reach a plateau production of about 100,000 barrels a day by mid-August as two new wells start output in the coming weeks. The field currently produces about 75,000 barrels of heavy crude per day.

Project Details: Peregrino

Petrobras Finds Oil in Espirito Santo Basin

Jul 13, 2012 – Petrobras has discovered a new oil accumulation in the post-salt layer of the Espirito Santo Basin. The discovery was made during the drilling of the Grana Padano well, 40 miles (64 kilometers) from the Golfinho field, at a water depth of 3,963 feet (1,208 meters). Petrobras said the discovery was confirmed by the gas detector response and profiling data for reservoirs at a depth of 6,588 feet (2,008 meters). The consortium will continue exploring the block and intends to submit a proposed assessment plan to the National Petroleum Agency with the aim of delimiting the accumulation discovered and estimating reservoir volumes and productivity.

Asia – SouthEast

Otto Energy Acquires 3D Data over SC 69

Jul 19, 2012 – Otto Energy reported that recently acquired 3D seismic data over Service Contract 69, offshore Philippines, has confirmed the presence of three attractive potential drilling targets in the most prospective portion of the block, namely Lampos, Lampos South and Managau East. A nine-month extension to the present permit term was granted by the Philippines DOE to allow sufficient time to complete detailed technical evaluation of the prospects and allow considered selection of the most attractive prospects for drilling. The operator stated that during the extension period, outstanding technical work will be completed, the prospect portfolio will be ranked and well planning will commence.

Newfield Increases Production in Belumut/Chermingat Complex

Jul 19, 2012 – Newfield Exploration reported that the East Belumut/Chermingat complex achieved a recent production record of more than 43,000 bopd. The increase in production is a result of recent successful development drilling and facility optimization.

Project Details: Belumut

BHP Billiton Scouting for Rig to Drill Cinco Prospect

Jul 19, 2012 – The SC55 joint venture is currently preparing for the drilling phase of exploration activities expected to commence with the Cinco-1 exploration well. The operator reported that it is currently negotiating access to an appropriate ultra deepwater rig with specialized well control equipment that will promote safe drilling operations on the proposed Cinco prospect. No specific data for commencement of drilling operations has been finalized.

Project Details: Cinco

Otto Energy Embarks on Galoc’s Second Phase of Development

Jul 19, 2012 – The Galoc joint venture is still moving forward with Phase II of the field’s development, which remains on schedule for the Final Investment Decision (FID) in 3Q 2012. The scope of FEED work, to be undertaken prior to FID, includes detailed subsurface modeling of the reservoir, drilling and completion design, subsea engineering and tie-back design for new wells. The consortium has pre-invested in the required infrastructure, including wellheads, flowlines and umbilical lines to ensure drilling can occur in 2013.

Project Details: Galoc

Europe – North Sea

BP Finds Gas near Marulk Field in North Sea

Jul 18, 2012 – BP has made a small gas discovery near the Marulk gas field in the Norwegian North Sea. The wildcat well, 6507/3-9S, situated in Production License 212E, found recoverable gas estimated at between 42 and 81 Bcf. It was drilled to a total vertical depth of 9,590 feet (2,923 meters) and encountered gas in Upper Cretaceous reservoir rocks in the Lysing formation. The 6507/3-9S well is now being plugged and abandoned, while the Polar Pioneer (DW semisub) rig used to drill it will move on to work on production wells in the nearby Cormorant field.

Project Details: The Greater Norne Area

Technip to Expand Drill Centers in the Alvheim Area

Jul 17, 2012 – Marathon has awarded Technip a contract to work on the ongoing expansion of the subsea drill centers at Kneler B and Volund in the Alvheim area of the Norwegian sector of the North Sea. The contract includes engineering, fabrication, installation and diving tie-ins of pipeline spools, including protection covers and installation of a manifold. The offshore construction work will take place in 2012 and 2013.

Project Details: Alvheim

Wintershall Spuds Kakelborg Prospect

Jul 16, 2012 – Wintershall has spud the Kakelborg prospect, 33/6-4, in Production License 370 in the Norwegian sector of the North Sea. The operator is using the Borgland Dolphin (mid-water semisub) to drill the well in 1,076 feet (328 meters) of water. The rig is expected to reach total depth in August.

Oil Spill at Osprey Field

Jul 16, 2012 – An oil spill has occurred on the Osprey field in the UK sector of the North Sea, confirmed the Department of Energy and Climate Change. The spill, reported on Friday by Fairfield Energy, was discovered when a hydrocarbon sheen was seen in the vicinity of the Osprey subsea manifold which feeds back to the Dublin Alpha installation. Fairfield said that two on-line wells at Osprey have been closed in response to the spill. The firm and its partners are making efforts to identify the source of the oil, and a specialist vessel with a remotely-operated vehicle onboard is being mobilized to the location of the spill. An ongoing series of aerial observations is also taking place. Fairfield estimates that up to 8.7 tons of oil has been released into the sea.

Project Details: Dunlin

OMV Buys 15% of Aasta Hansteen Field from Exxon

Jul 13, 2012 – OMV has agreed to buy a 15 percent stake in the Aasta Hansteen field from ExxonMobil. The field contains what OMV sees as three significant gas discoveries with expected recoverable net volumes between 40 and 60 million barrels of oil equivalent of gas and between 0.8 and one million barrels of oil equivalent of condensate in a water depth of approximately 4,265 feet (1,300 meters). The acquisition also includes a 6.15 percent stake in the Norwegian Sea Gas Infrastructure project, which will see OMV’s overall stake in the project increase to 7.9 percent.

Project Details: Aasta Hansteen (Luva)

GDF Suez Sanctions Juliet Development

Jul 13, 2012 – GDF Suez has sanctioned the Juliet gas field at Block 47/14b in the UK sector of the North Sea. First gas from Juliet is expected in 4Q 2013 with peak production from the field anticipated to be 80 MMcf/d. The development will compromise two horizontal subsea wells tied-back some 14 miles (22 kilometers) to the Penrenco-operated Pickerill A platform via a 12-inch diameter pipeline and control umbilical. The operator will drill the first well in 2Q 2013 with topsides and subsea construction taking place throughout 2013. Existing infrastructure will transport Juliet gas to the ConocoPhillips operated Theddlethorpe terminal on the Lincolnshire coast.

Project Details: Juliet

Dana Moves Forward with Western Isles Project

Jul 13, 2012 – Dana Petroleum has entered the detailed engineering design phase on the $1.5 billion Western Isles development project in the UK sector of the North Sea. The Western Isles project will develop two discovered oil fields called Harris and Barra, which lie 99 miles (160 kilometers) east of the Shetlands and 7 miles (12 kilometers) west of the Tern field. The development will consist of nine wells. Work on the detailed engineering design will begin immediately and the project is expected to receive full approval from the UK Government towards the end of 2012, with first oil production expected in 2015. The Harris and Barra fields are estimated to contain recoverable oil reserves of 45 million barrels, with upside potential in the area.

Project Details: Western Isles

Sevan Marine Inks Western Isles FPSO Deal

Jul 13, 2012 – Dana Petroleum has selected Sevan Marine’s FPSO technology for the Western Isles development project. Sevan Marine and Dana Petroleum have negotiated two agreements, one technology license agreement whereby Dana pays a license fee to Sevan for the right to use the proprietary Sevan Technology, and one Service Agreement under which Sevan will provide technical and administrative resources to Dana during the project. The development is expected to produce more than 40,000 barrels of oil equivalent each day and the project is expected to receive full approval from the UK government towards the end of 2012, with first oil production expected in 2015.

Project Details: Western Isles

N. America – US Alaska

Buccaneer Energy Set to Mobilize Jackup to Cook Inlet

Jul 19, 2012 – Buccaneer Energy Limited reported that the Endeavour, Spirit of Independence (300′ ILC) will be transported from Singapore to Cook Inlet, Alaska. The Endeavour is expected to depart Singapore at the end of July 2012 and it will take about 21 days to reach the Cook Inlet, where the rig will be offloaded and towed via tug to the first well location in the operator’s offshore program. It is anticipated that the rig will be towed to the Cosmopolitan location in the ice free southern Cook Inlet to commence drilling operations.

Black Sea

Melrose Acquiring 3D Data over Muridava, Est Cobalcescu Concessions

Jul 16, 2012 – Melrose Resources has commenced seismic operations at the company’s Muridava and Est Cobalcescu concessions in the Romanian Black Sea using the Vyacheslav Tikhonov seismic vessel. The planned acquisition program comprises 474,442 acres (1,920 square kilometers) of 3D data, sufficient to cover both licenses. The survey is now 28 percent complete.

Melrose Pinpoints New Prospect in Galata Block

Jul 16, 2012 – Melrose Resources has acquired 3D data over the central area of the offshore Galata Block and interpretation has confirmed the presence of a number of potential reservoir structures. A revised prospect inventory has been compiled and audited by the company’s independent reserves assessors. The company said that seven structures have been identified in the area with a total combined unrisked P50 resource estimate of 125 Bcf. The highest ranked prospect is called Kamchia, which has an estimated P50 prospective resource of 27 Bcf and a chance of success of 40 percent. Preparations are underway to drill the well in 2013 as part of a multi-well rig program. The program will also include the completion of the Kavarna East discovery and two exploration wells in Romania. In the event of a discovery at the Kamchia prospect, the prospect would be developed as a subsea tie-back to the Galata field production platform.

Project Details: Galata Area

MidEast – Persian Gulf

DNO Completes Drilling of West Burkha-5 Well in Oman

Jul 18, 2012 – DNO International has completed the drilling of the West Bukha-5 well in Block 8 and is preparing to resume operations at the West Bukha-4 well, whose top-hole section was previously drilled. Results from the initial flow test of West Bukha-5 confirm the presence of oil in the Thamama reservoir, with an estimated flow capacity of 1,500-2,000 barrels per day. Samples and measurements taken during the initial test flow period indicate an oil gravity of 35-degree API and a gas-to-oil ratio of 5,000 standard cubic feet/barrel. The well will be put on production this summer once normal offshore pipeline operations resume. West Bukha-5 is the first of a three-well development drilling campaign in Block 8. Drilled to a total depth of 17,060 feet (5,1200 meters), including a 3,000-feet (914-meter) horizontal section with good fracture indications, West Bukha-5 is the deepest well yet for the company in Oman.

Project Details: Block 8

Australia: Tap Taps into Tallaganda

Australia: Tap Taps into Tallaganda| Offshore Energy Today

Tap Oil Limited (Tap) advises that at 0900 hours (AWST) today the Atwood Eagle semi-submersible drilling rig commenced drilling the Tallaganda-1 exploration well in the WA-351-P permit.

The Tallaganda-1 prospect straddles both the WA-351-P and WA-335-P permits in the Carnarvon Basin, offshore Western Australia. The well will target 0.8 to 1.3 Tcf (mean to P10) of gas within WA-351-P (Tap estimate).

The prospect will test the gas potential of sandstones in the prolific Triassic age, Mungaroo Formation, in a well defined horst block as imaged by high quality modern 3D seismic data. This is the primary play type of the North West Shelf.

The well will be drilled as a vertical well in a water depth of 1,141 m and is expected to take 37 days (trouble free) to drill with a projected total depth of 4,250 m. Weekly updates will be provided on Wednesdays during drilling operations.

Tap’s cost for the well will be carried up to a cap of $10 million following Tap’s farmout of 25% of its participating interest in the permit to BHP Billiton Petroleum (North West Shelf) Pty Ltd in 2011.

Tap’s Managing Director/CEO, Mr Troy Hayden, said:

 “We are pleased to have commenced the Tallaganda-1 well which has the potential to deliver a resource multiple times larger than Tap’s current 2P reserves.  Success at Tallaganda-1 will also give greater certainty as to the prospectivity of the Triassic potential on the permit.”

Background

The Operator completed a detailed assessment of the plays, prospects and leads in the permit in 2010 including the 3D seismic acquired in 2008. Further leads and prospects have been defined in the Triassic Mungaroo Formation which Tap has assessed as a 2-3 Tcf combined speculative resource on block.

Additional leads have been identified in WA-351-P in the Jurassic and Early Cretaceous, both of which are productive elsewhere in the Carnarvon Basin. Current indications are that this shallower potential is larger, but higher risk, than the Triassic in this permit. Further work will be done on these objectives.

 WA-351-P Joint Venture Participants

BHP Billiton Petroleum Pty Ltd (Operator)

BHP Billiton Petroleum (Northwest Shelf) Pty Ltd 55%

Apache Northwest Pty Ltd 25%

Tap (Shelfal) Pty Ltd 20%

Australia: Tap Taps into Tallaganda| Offshore Energy Today.

Recap: Worldwide Field Development News (Feb 10 – Feb 16, 2012)

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This week the SubseaIQ team added 15 new projects and updated 33 projects. You can see all the updates made over any time period via the Project Update History search. The latest offshore field develoment news and activities are listed below for your convenience.

Australia
MEO Acquires Zeppelin 3D Data
Feb 13, 2012 – MEO Australia Limited has completed acquisition of the Zeppelin 3D seismic survey in AC/P 50 and AC/P 51 in the Ashmore Cartier region of the Timor Sea. A total of 125,530 acres (508 square kilometers) of full fold data was recorded. MEO said the Zeppelin 3D survey will underpin the technical assessment of the company’s exploration concepts and determine whether these will translate into prospects for consideration as future drilling candidates.
KBR to Commence FEED Work on Ichthys
Feb 10, 2012 – KBR and its joint venture with JGC Corporation and Chiyoda Corporation, the JKC JV, have signed a formal contract for engineering, procurement and construction activities on the Ichthys LNG Project in northern Australia. Work is slated to start immediately. Gas from the Ichthys field in the Browse Basin, approximately 124 miles (200 kilometers) offshore of Western Australia, will undergo preliminary processing offshore to remove water and extract condensate. The gas will then be exported to onshore processing facilities in Darwin via a 552-mile (889-kilometer) subsea pipeline. The Ichthys Project is expected to produce 8.4 million tonnes of LNG and 1.6 million tonnes of LPG per annum, along with approximately 100,000 barrels of condensate per day at peak.
Project Details: Ichthys
Europe – North Sea
Bridge Energy Develops Vulcan East, Looks to 2014 to Commence Production
Feb 16, 2012 – Bridge Energy reported that with Victoria Phase II development is scheduled to come online in 2013, the base case for delivery of the Vulcan East field will be in 2014. The Vulcan East gas field is located on Block 49/21 in the UK sector of the North Sea, and is wholly owned and operated by Bridge Energy.
DECC Approves Bridge Energy’s Victoria Phase 2
Feb 16, 2012 – Bridge Energy has received approval from United Kingdom Department of Energy and Climate Changes (DECC) for the development of the Victoria Phase 2 project in the fourth quarter. The company said preparations for the development of phase two continues, with the team focusing on the time critical technical and commercial agreements with ConocoPhillips for the transportation and processing of the gas. Bridge Energy has received an offer from ConocoPhillips for the transportation and processing of Victoria Phase II gas via the Viking facilities, LOGGS facilities and Theddlethorpe terminal. The offer provides for production startup in 2012. Bridge Energy says that the FEED stage of the Victoria Phase II development has commenced and the company is currently reviewing rig availability for 2012 and 2013. All other development activities are on schedule to meet a first gas date set in 1H 2013, subject to rig availability.
RWE Dea Spuds Clipper South Development Well
Feb 16, 2012 – RWE Dea has commenced development drilling at Clipper South in the UK sector of the North Sea. The development well, 48/19a-C1, is targeting a tight Permian-age Rotliegend reservoir at a depth of some 8,202 feet (2,500 meters) and is the first of up to five extended horizontal wells with multiple hydraulically induced fractures in each well. Clipper South contains roughly 500 Bcf of gas-in-place and will be developed using the latest well technology, stated the operator. First gas from the development is slated for this summer.
Project Details: Clipper South
Bridge Energy, TAQA Team Up for Contender Prospect
Feb 16, 2012 – Bridge Energy is planning to spud the Contender prospect in March 2012. The well will target the Jurassic Brent series of sandstones at a projected drilling depth of 16,900 feet (5,151 meters), less than one mile (two kilometers) east of the Cormorant North field. Drilling will be funded by TAQA. If successful, TAQA will receive 60 percent interest in the southern area of the block and 35 percent interest in the northern part. Contender is located in UKCS License P201 on Block 211/22a.
Project Details: Contender
Total to Drill Garantiana in 3Q12
Feb 16, 2012 – Total is planning a spud date in 3Q 2012 to drill the Garantiana prospect in the Norwegian sector of the North Sea. The prospect straddles Blocks 34/6 and 34/9 and lies in a water depth of 1,247 feet (380 meters).
Project Details: Garantiana
Aker to Deliver Subsea Equipment for Troll Field
Feb 16, 2012 – Statoil awarded Aker Solutions a contract to deliver six subsea trees and a tool package for Troll in the Norwegian sector of the North Sea. The scope of work includes six subsea trees, with a possible option for nine further subsea trees, including control systems. Under this contract, Aker Solutions will deliver equipment to the oil section of Troll. The Troll field, containing 40 percent of the total gas reserves on the Norwegian continental shelf, is the world’s biggest subsea development with regards to the number of subsea wells. Equipment deliveries are slated for 2012 until 2015.
Project Details: Troll Area
Det norske Gets Nod to Explore PL 460
Feb 15, 2012 – Det norske has received consent to carry out exploration drilling in the North Sea using the Transocean Barents (UDW semisub). The consent relates to the drilling of exploration well 25/1-12 in Production License 460. The water depth of the site is 335 feet (102 meters). Drilling is slated for 2Q 2012 and will take about 40 days.
Kvaerner Wins Jacket EPSC Gig at Hild Field
Feb 14, 2012 – Total has awarded Kvaerner an EPSC-contract for the delivery of a steel jacket to be located at the Hild field in the Norwegian sector of the North Sea. The contract includes engineering, procurement, supply, construction, load-out and sea-fastening of the jacket and associated piles. The jacket is slated for delivery in 2014.
Project Details: Hild
Hurricane Mulling Lancaster Development Plans
Feb 14, 2012 – Hurricane Resources believes that its Lancaster development, west of the Shetland Islands, contains 200 MMbbl of recoverable oil. This estimate is based on a thorough evaluation of the original Lancaster pilot well, drilled in 2009 and its subsequent sidetrack drilled in 2010. The company said that prior to the proposed 2012 drilling operations, Hurricane has commissioned a site survey and is now planning for future Lancaster appraisal and development wells. These wells are targeted at improving the company’s understanding of the structure’s upside and confirming delivery rates from a basement horizontal well. Hurricane is also working with EPC Offshore on several development scenarios for the discovery. The consortium is leaning towards a development plan including several subsea wells connecting to an FPSO with oil exported to the mainland by a shuttle tanker.
Project Details: Lancaster
Hurricane Targeting 2014 to Drill Lincoln Prospect
Feb 14, 2012 – Hurricane reported that a third basement prospect on License P1368, Lincoln, has been defined to the southwest of Lancaster, in the UK sector of the North Sea. The prospect shares many geological characteristics with Lancaster, including proven oil on structure and a well defined basement fault system. Technical work undertaken during the latter half of 2010 and the first half of 2011 resulted in a prospective well location being identified, and subsequently a site survey has been acquired. Prospective P50 recoverable resources are estimated at 150 MMbbl. Well planning for a Lincoln exploration well is ongoing with the objective of drilling in 2014.
Project Details: Lincoln
Hurricane Exploration Acquires Site Survey Over Typhoon
Feb 14, 2012 – Hurricane Exploration acquired a site survey over the Typhoon prospect during the summer of 2011 and is now working on well plans with the objective of drilling in 2012, subject to rig availability. Prospective resources could be in the range 149 MMbbl to 1.266 Bbbl.
Project Details: Typhoon
Providence Resources Confirms Plans for Dunquin Prospect
Feb 13, 2012 – Providence Resources has confirmed the forward program for Frontier Exploration License (FEL) 3/04, which contains the Dunquin exploration prospect. The consortium approved the 2012 budget, including the provision of well design activities and procurement of long-lead items as part of the ramp up to the drilling of an exploration well on the Dunquin prospect next year. Providence plans to spud the exploration well in the second quarter of 2013. The FEL 3/04 license covers five blocks in the South Porcupine Basin, 124 miles (200 kilometers) off the southwest coast of Ireland, where the water depth is more than 4,921 feet (1,500 meters).
Project Details: Dunquin Project
Det norske Comes Up Dry at Kalvklumpen Prospect
Feb 13, 2012 – Det norske announced that exploratory well 25/6-4 S on the Kalvklumpen prospect in Production License 414 has come up dry. The primary objective of the well was to prove hydrocarbons in Paleocene and Jurassic sandstone. Det norske said the well struck good quality reservoir rocks but the formation was water-bearing. The well will now be permanently plugged and abandoned.
Project Details: Kalvklumpen
Wintershall Receives Consent to Explore PL 418
Feb 10, 2012 – Wintershall Norge has received consent to carry out exploratory drilling in the Norwegian sector of the North Sea using the Songa Delta (mid-water semisub). The consent relates to the drilling of exploration well 35/9-7 which belongs to production license 418, at which Wintershall acts as operator. Water depth of the site is 1,237 feet (377 meters). Drilling operations should last about 48 to 60 days, depending on whether a discovery is made.
Lundin Gets Govt Nod to Drill Albert Prospect
Feb 10, 2012 – Lundin Norway has received consent to carry out exploratory drilling in the Norwegian sector of the North Sea with the Bredford Dolphin (mid-water semisub). The consent permits Lundin to act as operator at exploratory well 6201/11-3, which is part of production License 519. Water depth of the site is 1,257 feet (383 meters). Drilling operations should take roughly 53 days, depending on whether a discovery is made.
Project Details: Albert
Black Sea
Petrom Eyes Hydrocarbons in Romanian Black Sea
Feb 10, 2012 – Petrom announced that natural gas was encountered at Domino-1, the first deepwater exploration well in the Romanian sector of the Black Sea. The operator said it is too early in the data evaluation and exploration process to determine whether it is commercial or not. Drilling operations commenced at year-end 2011 and are ongoing. The total depth of the well should be more than 9,843 feet (3,000 meters) below sea level. Drilling operations are being carried out by the Deepwater Champion (DW drillship).
Project Details: Domino
Asia – South
DDE-A-2 Well Spud in Deen Dayal East
Feb 13, 2012 – Jubilant Energy announced that appraisal well DDE-A-2 was spud on 9 February 2012. DDE-A-2 is being drilled in a water depth of 325 feet by Aban Offshore’s Deep Driller-1 jack-up rig. This is the third appraisal well in the Deen Dayal East (“DDE”) area of the KG-OSN-2001/3 block. The target depth of the well is 17388′ TVD with the objective of appraising the lower Cretaceous Early Rift fill sands that were shown to be hydrocarbon bearing by the KG-16 discovery well. Gujarat State Petroleum Corporation Limited operates the KG block with an 80% interest. The remaining ownership is split between Jubilant Energy and GeoGlobal Resources.
Project Details: Deen Dayal
ONGC Hits Gas Offshore India
Feb 10, 2012 – ONGC has made a shallow water gas discovery offshore India. Exploratory well Alankari No. 1, in NELP Block KG-OSN-2004/1 in the KG shallow offshore Basin, was drilled to a depth of 6,273 feet (1,912 meters). The 6,002 to 6,010 foot (1,829.5 to 1,832 meter) interval in the Godavari clay/Ravva formation of Mio-Pliocene age was formation tested, producing gas at a rate of 144,780 MMcm/d and condensate at 1.6 cu M/d. The gas discovery is located south of Narsapur, Andhra Pradesh, 4.3 miles (7 kilometers) from the coast in a water depth of around 69 feet (21 meters).
ONGC Strikes Again Offshore India
Feb 10, 2012 – ONGC said exploratory well GSS04NAA No. 1 in NELP Block GS-OSN-2004/1 in Saurastra offshore, Western offshore basin, reached a depth of 16,033 feet (4,877 meters). The 15,733 to 15,697 foot (4,795.5 to 4,784.5 meter) interval of Mesozoic age was also formation tested, and produced gas at a rate of 1.4 MMcf/d through a 1/4-inch choke. ONGC claims this discovery provides a significant lead to explore other sub-basalt Mesozoics in the area. Exploratory well GSS04NAA No. 1 is located southwest of Dwarka, Gujarat, about 56 miles (90 kilometers) offshore in a water depth of around 328 feet (100 meters).
Mediterranean
Dolphin Gas Field Estimate Downsized by 85 Percent
Feb 13, 2012 – Netherland Sewell & Associates have cut the estimated size of the Dolphin natural gas reservoir by 85 percent to approximately 81.3 Bcf of gas from 550 Bcf of gas. The operator has yet to finalize field development plans.
Project Details: Dolphin
Africa – Other
Eni All Smiles Over Mamba North
Feb 15, 2012 – Eni has made a “massive” natural gas discovery at the Mamba North 1 prospect, in Area 4 offshore Mozambique, encountering a mineral potential of 7.5 Tcf of gas-in-place, reported the company. This new discovery, in addition to the Mamba South find made in October 2011, further increases the potential of the Mamba complex in Area 4. It is estimated that the total volume of gas-in-place is 30 Tcf. The well encountered 610 feet (186 meters) of gas-bearing rock. A production test was conducted, producing about 1 MMcm/d of natural gas and minor volumes of condensate during testing, but flow rates were constrained by surface facilities. Eni estimates output per well could reach more than 4 MMcm/d in a final production completion configuration.
Project Details: Mamba South/North
N. America – US GOM
Shell Successfully Appraises Appomattox
Feb 16, 2012 – Shell has successfully appraised the Appomattox discovery in Mississippi Canyon Block 348 in the GOM. The well, located in a water depth of 7,257 feet (2,212 meters), reached a total depth of 25,851 feet (7,879 meters) and encountered about 150 feet (46 meters) of oil pay. The operator will continue to appraise the find in 2012 with an additional well in the southwest fault block and a sidetrack appraisal in the northwest fault block to further delineate the hydrocarbon accumulation. Further Appomattox and Vicksburg appraisals, if warranted, may extend into early 2013, stated Shell.
Project Details: Appomattox
Correction to 2/2/12 Telemark Well Activities
Feb 15, 2012 – We previously reported on February 2, 2012, ATP’s completion of drilling operations at Mississippi Canyon 942 and erroneously referred to it as Thunder Horse instead of Telemark.
Project Details: Telemark
Africa – West
Hyperdynamics Completes Drilling of Sabu-1 Well Offshore Guinea-Conakry
Feb 14, 2012 – Hyperdynamics has completed drilling the Sabu-1 exploration well on its concession offshore Guinea-Conarky. The well reached a depth of 11,844 feet (3,610 meters) in a water depth of 2,329 feet (710 meters). Results of real-time hydrocarbon chromatograph measurements and Schlumberger petrophysical wireline analysis warranted collection of downhole fluid samples. These samples, together with sidewall cores taken, are being sent to Core Lab for analysis, reported the operator. Hyperdynamics will be incorporating the results of the well, along with the interpretation of the newly acquired 3D seismic, in order to plan the subsequent drilling program in consultation with Dana Petroleum and the government of Guinea.
Project Details: Sabu

 

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Australia: Heerema Wins Subsea Installation Contract for Ichthys Project

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McDermott Australia (McDermott) has awarded Heerema Marine Contractors Australia Pty Ltd (HMC) a contract to transport and install infield flowlines, subsea structures and moorings for the INPEX Ichthys LNG Project.

McDermott Australia has been appointed the main contractor for the subsea umbilical, riser, flowline (SURF) project by INPEX. McDermott will work with HMC on the complex offshore installation campaign. HMC will carry out the transportation and installation of a portion of the offshore scope, utilizing the heavy lift, J-Lay and Reel-Lay capability of Heerema’s new-build vessel Aegir.

Scope of work

HMC’s scope of work includes the transportation and installation of flowlines, production flowlines, integrated pipeline structures, large subsea structures, a subsea riser support structure, and moorings for future FPSO and CPF facilities.

All pipeline production welding, both onshore and offshore, will be carried out by HMC’s subsidiary Pipeline Technique Ltd.

Aegir’s cutting-edge technology

The project logistics are of an unprecedented scale in HMC’s subsea track record. It involves lowering over 100,000 tonnes of project materials to the seabed in water depths up to 275 meters.

HMC’s Executive Vice President Commercial & Technology Steve Preston says: “This is a really exciting opportunity for us, not only because of the enormous scope of the project, but also because we will be able to demonstrate the groundbreaking capabilities of our new vessel Aegir. We will be able to use its heavy lift, J-Lay and Reel-Lay capabilities all in one project.”

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Ichthys LNG Project

The Ichthys LNG Project is a joint venture between INPEX (76%, the Operator) and Total (24%). Gas from the Ichthys Field, in the Browse Basin approximately 200 kilometers offshore Western Australia, will undergo preliminary processing offshore to remove water and extract condensate. The gas will then be exported to onshore processing facilities in Darwin via an 889-kilometer subsea pipeline. The Ichthys LNG Project is expected to produce 8.4 million tonnes of LNG and 1.6 million tonnes of LPG per annum, along with approximately 100,000 barrels of condensate per day at peak.

About Heerema Marine Contractors

Heerema Marine Contractors is a world-leading marine contractor for the oil and gas industry. HMC transports, installs, and removes all types of offshore facilities and operates three of the four largest crane vessels in the world. HMC is a fully-owned subsidiary of the Heerema Group.

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Ichthys: The Largest Subsea Gig for McDermott (Australia)

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McDermott International, Inc. announced today that its Australian subsidiary has received and signed a letter of award for the Ichthys Gas-condensate Field Development subsea umbilical, riser, flowline (“SURF”) project by INPEX. The contract value is in the order of magnitude of US$2 billion and is the largest subsea contract McDermott has been awarded to date.

This project includes engineering, procurement, construction, installation (“EPCI”) and pre-commissioning of production flowline systems, a MEG injection system, plus start-up condensate transfer and fuel gas transfer flowline systems, control systems as well as other associated SURF elements in water depths up to 275 meters. McDermott will also install mooring systems for the Floating Production, Storage and Offtake vessel and Central Processing Facility as well as installation engineering for future flowlines, risers and umbilicals.

McDermott has already begun engineering and procurement work and is expected to start fabrication of more than 16,000 tonnes of subsea equipment, including a subsea Riser Support Structure and installation aids, at its Batam Island, Indonesia fabrication facility beginning in 2013. The complex offshore installation campaign will see McDermott undertake the installation of subsea hardware, moorings, risers, umbilicals and flowlines utilizing its specialty subsea vessels Emerald Sea and North Ocean 102. McDermott is working with Heerema Marine Contractors (“Heerema”) for transportation and installation of a portion of the offshore scope, utilizing the heavy lift, J-Lay and Reel-Lay capability of Heerema’s new-build vessel Aegir.

Stephen M. Johnson, Chairman of the Board, President and Chief Executive Officer, McDermott said, “McDermott has a long track record working on EPCI projects offshore Australia. This major SURF award firmly endorses McDermott’s core EPCI competencies and our competitive subsea construction vessels, combined with Heerema’s installation strength and the team’s alignment with INPEX. This is a large scale and complex development, and we are firmly behind promoting the success of this LNG project.”

The Ichthys LNG Project is a Joint Venture between INPEX (76%, the Operator) and Total (24%). Gas from the Ichthys Field, in the Browse Basin approximately 200 kilometers offshore Western Australia, will undergo preliminary processing offshore to remove water and extract condensate. The gas will then be exported to onshore processing facilities in Darwin via an 889-kilometer subsea pipeline. The Ichthys LNG Project is expected to produce 8.4 million tonnes of LNG and 1.6 million tonnes of LPG per annum, along with approximately 100,000 barrels of condensate per day at peak.

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